As the odd-even scheme of the Delhi Government came into implementation from November 4, Bharatiya Janata Party's MP Vijay Goel was stopped by the traffic constables for violating the odd-even rule in Delhi. A fine of Rs. 4,000 was imposed on the BJP leader for violating the State Government's rule. Vijay Goel had stepped out in an odd-numbered car on a day when only even-numbered cars were being allowed on the road.
Stating that he will be paying the imposed fine in the court, he said, "I will pay the fine because my symbolic protest is against the Arvind Kejriwal government. They (the AAP government) did not do anything about Delhi's pollution for five years and kept on accusing others, whereas, they are responsible. We gave them 66 MLAs so that they could work for five years, not because they wouldn't do anything about pollution for five years. If the problem is being caused by the burning of stubble, then why implement this odd-even gimmick?"
When asked about how he is setting the wrong example for the citizens he said, "Gandhi Ji made salt (during Salt March) was it a wrong example? Is protesting considered to be a wrong example in a democracy? Is paying the challan a wrong example?"
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced during the media briefing on October 17 about the implementation of the Odd-Even scheme in Delhi from November 4 to November 15 due to increased pollution in the city. Under the scheme, vehicles with even number plates will be allowed on even dates whereas, on odd dates, odd-numbered vehicles will be allowed, except a few exemptions. The CM gave a detailed report of the Odd-Even scheme and the exemptions under the scheme. The scheme will be applicable on vehicles coming from other states, and will only be applicable on non-transport four-wheeler vehicles. Two-wheelers will be exempted from the odd-even scheme. He also added that 16-night teams have been deployed for vigilance amongst the other measures to curb pollution.
Delhi continues to be choking with hazardous Air Quality for many days now. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city at 7:30 am stood at 439, which falls in the "severe" category. An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category.